14 giugno 2011

Ha aspetto scabro ma sprigiona vividi colori e lucentezze a tratti sfolgoranti l'album Barrikad, nuovo gioiello acustico dei bravissimi Testbild! disponibile in vinile in sole trecento copie presso Kalligrammofon oppure in versione digitale presso Bandcamp. Dal sito dell'etichetta si scarica gratuitamente anche un singolo - con doppio lato A - mentre un video di Sebastian Rozenberg, per il brano En kartbild utan sand, è su Vimeo.

Testbild! are known as a somewhat secretive group with a sound that mixes melodic and cinematic pop music with influences from 60s jazz and avantgarde sound experimentation. Prior to the release of Barrikad, which is their first work to be released by Kalligrammofon, they have released five albums, a couple of eps and contributed to compilations on labels such as Friendly Noise and Radio Khartoum. Last year they collaborated with Louis Philippe in a project named The Ocean Tango. The members of Testbild! reside in Malmö, Stockholm and London.
On Barrikad Testbild! have limited themselves to make an (almost entirely) acoustic album with lyrics sung in Swedish language. Barrikad could be described as a chamber pop album centered round a lot of guitars, horns, a harpsichord and a church organ. As a physical artefact Barrikad is a vinyl-only release, in an edition of 300 copies, with stunningly beautiful artwork by Rikard Heberling and Jacob Grønbech Jensen.